In the last few years, several globally acclaimed Pakistani cricketers have announced their retirement from the team. However, seeing the favorite cricketers end their cricketing careers sure hurts, but the current Pakistan Cricket Team’s T20 captain Babar Azam is defying all odds. Recently, former Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting was seen drooling over Babar Azam’s exceptional batting skills.
Ricky Ponting hails Babar Azam in his recent interview!
Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Team was on its Australian tour but the poor performance of the team landed in criticism. Apart from Pakistan’s below-par performance, Babar Azam’s exceptional batting against the Aussies was lauded by the world. After being hailed by speedster Shoaib Akhtar, Babar Azam’s marvelous batting skills were recently praised by Australian Coach Ricky Ponting as well.
“He is a very, very classy player”!
Speaking in an interview, Ricky Ponting called Babar Azam a ‘classical’ player depending on his amazing knock against Australia. Additionally, the Australian Coach stated, “We have not seen the best of him (Babar Azam) yet. 20 odd Tests for an average of 35 – he is better than that. He averages 54 in one-day cricket at a strike-rate of about 90. He is a very, very classy player”.
Furthermore, based on Baber Azam’s talent, Ricky Ponting expressed that he’s looking forward to seeing the young batsman play in summers. “He is a really exciting talent and probably the guy I am looking forward to seeing the most this summer. I have seen the Aussies a lot and I have seen a lot of the Kiwis, but I am really excited to see him”, Ponting maintained.
“Pakistan should utilize Babar Azam sensibly!”
Conversely, this was indeed huge coming from an experienced and globally former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting. Moreover, the cricketing legend thinks that Pakistan should utilize Babar Azam sensibly in the longer format. As Australia’s face-off with Pakistan in a two-match test series is near, Ponting said that the Australian team needs to understand Babar Azam’s strategy beforehand.
Moreover, Babar is the captain and Pakistan’s best performer. Babar Azam’s mature batting in the previous T2oI series deserves appreciation. Reportedly, the Pakistani captain scored back-to-back ‘fifties’ against Australia in the recently concluded T2oI series. Furthermore, Babar Azam also scored a magnificent 157 runs in the four-day practice match with Australia in Perth city.
Additionally, the value Babar Azam has added to the national cricket team can’t be denied. After Sarfraz Ahmed was removed from captaincy on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s orders, the young lad is responsibly handling the team. In addition, cricket fans were previously worried that Babar Azam’s performance chart will decline after becoming the captain but it doesn’t seem the case now.
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